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I don't think you want to order like mine because the dimension (width x length) is 68.5" x 139.5", way, way bigger than in the link, hehe. Besides, the one I have is for living room and here, it's quite easy to find the big size as it is one of the famous thing you can get in Sarawak (one of the state in Malaysia, also part of Borneo Island). There's also bamboo blinder but not sure how it compares with the plastic one. Anyhow, cleaning the bamboo mat is much easier than the carpet and less dust settling in :D

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10/1/11 7:38 A

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Wow, I didn't know there is such a thing as bamboo mat. That's a whole new world of possibilities here. What's your dimension? This one is listed as 21x34 inches. I've searched for other bamboo mats. They look very interesting and may work better on office carpet. I was thinking that Supermats on office carpet is like man-made over man-made material. Perhaps bamboo over carpet may work better. Let me know your dimension and I may order one to try it out. Now I'm curious.

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10/1/11 6:49 A

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Actually, I was wrong, it actually a bamboo mat, like this, without the black border, though: www.amazon.com/Natural-Bamboo-Step-D
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Hmm, do you think if I get something like Supermat and put it on the bamboo mat, is that ok for jumping? Or is the Supermat suitable for flat concrete or tiles surface?

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9/30/11 12:29 P

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That's just creative writing. I doubt if any mat can muffle the noise to that degree.

Since I'm Mister Gadget, I've always been on the lookout for a mat since I got interested in jumping several years ago. Jumping on the aerobic floor at the gym helped out my requirement since the floor is supposed to give a little. Since I got the supermats, I stopped looking altogether. That's my conclusion anyway that I found the right mat.

What's a rattan mat? Is it something like this?

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9/29/11 7:48 P

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What I like the most about the Supermats' description: muffles equipment noises so family and neighbors are not disturbed. I once tried jump on fitness mat but the sound of the rope beating the mat was so noisy so I moved to carpet. But now the carpet was gone as it's easily collecting dust so now I'm currently on rattan mat. Hopefully I can find alternative to Supermat if it's harder for me to get it here but first, I'll see your review, hehe.

Wish I'm a writer, love to play with words, haha.

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My equipment list:

1) The green rope in pic $5

Optional but essentials IMO (3 items): 36+29+12 = $77

2) Supermats $28 + 8 = $36
www.amazon.com/SuperMats-10GS-Superm
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3) Tiger Tail Rolling Muscle Massager $29
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044XBITG

4) Foot Rocker $12 (a stretching device)
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PT52WK

Non-essential Optionals: $120

5) Kitchen timer $7 (the mechanical ticking kind)

6) Sneakers $13

7) Sony boombox $100 (or whatever your source of music )
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EDRSGW


That brings my total cost to 5 + 77 + 120 = $202



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"unwanted-attention-but-secretly-love curves!"

LOL. You have a way with words. Are you a writer?

Supermats is an amazing product. I bought it because one of the reviews was from a serious rope jumper. I haven't jumped on it yet, but I laid it in the kitchen which is hardwood floor. The grip and the give of this mat is just amazing. I just love to stand on it. I can tell that it would work well in a hardwood floor environment but not sure about office carpet. Thus, I'll get to try it out. Any rope jumper on hard surface out there should definitely consider this mat.


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Wow, lots of interesting things in the list, mainly because of the names! Don't you have a timer in your phone, might can save you from finding a kitchen timer and the ticking might irritates you, hehe. And how do you Tigertail and Foot Rocker, I think I can guess it but I rather want to know how you use them :D

I did count number of my chew when I was a kid coz I liked to chew lots of time, usually up to 40, maybe that was the reason I was so skinny, stick and bones, hehe. But once hit puberty, skinny turned into unwanted-attention-but-secretly-love curves! Today I did 10 minutes jump rope, using that interval 2 minutes. Gosh, after about a minute and half and 200 jumps, I had to stop to rest! Just out of sheer determination to jump as close as I can to 2 minutes made me continue. And I got total 1020x, yay! Hopefully I can improve my time endurance and jump counts next time!

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Sounds like you're good at what you're doing. Look at all the measurement numbers that you posted. You probably enjoy counting the number of times you chew foods too. lol

I'm getting a new pair of cheap sneakers for my jumping program. I went to Walmart looking for one today but couldn't find my size in any color. I want white as they will be used for jumping indoor at the office only. My equipment list is

1) Supermat (I'm trying this on the office carpet)
2) Sony boombox
3) Tigertail (a massaging device)
4) Foot Rocker (a stretching device)
5) Kitchen timer (the mechanical ticking kind)
6) The green rope in pic
7) White sneakers

I'll go shopping again tomorrow. Later on I'll add a heart rate monitor. I'm looking up to see if it's under warranty. I just found out that it was sent to Polar for repair last Oct. Why should the battery die on me in less than one year? I used it only once or twice.

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I like to count while jumping, get more excited when I try to reach the max number in a period of time. But sometimes I lose count when the muscles are getting more exhausted, harder to talk and breath, haha. As I'm a little bit specific, a little bit too controlling person (LOL), I think I'll try do 10 minute or more jump interval 2-min with 10s rest (enough time to write down my jump number). Right now, I'm good with non-stop 1-min so want to challenge myself a bit with increasing the number to 2-min.

Yesterday, did 3 sets of 1-min jump alternating with strength workout, got total jumps 370x. Couldn't do more as the room was so hot, I think I sweat more because of the heat!

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Either method will work for most people. I'm on a mission to do the skate marathon again so I have to be more specific. I remember thinking that counting is harder to cheat, but then I stood around while resting between sets. Now I know that in my application, I don't get to rest standing around. I have to be able to recover while still moving. Since I never like to count anyway, I think the time based may work out better for me.

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Fathin, either one is fine. Counting or time based, whatever your preference. Before the skate marathon, I was finicky and favored counting. Now I know that it doesn't matter, just keep going like when I was on skates. The lesson for me was that I couldn't stop to rest. Likewise, if I can't jump fast, then jump slow or walk around while recovering.

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Sounds fun to do! I want to try that as well, try to challenge myself how much I can jump non-stop, maybe I'll start with 5 minutes as currently, I'm a little bit out-of-breath doing jump rope after just 5-min, probably not a good idea to mix strength with cardio (but I'm pretty good with strength, hehe).

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30-min is a theory. LOL. Let's say I'll start off at 10-min. You set the timer for that and keep on jumping with as little rest as possible until the time is up. Then gradually increase the time to 30. Or use slow jump as resting periods. It just take experimentation. Maybe start with 30 min, jump and rest as needed until the time is up. Gradually, you'll be able to jump more with less rest. That may be a better method than low timer setting. Then one day, you can jump the whole 30 min non-stop. Sort of like learning how to ride a bicycle. One day it happens.

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So, SKATER787, how do you plan to get that 30-min non-stop jumping? I've never exceeded 2-minutes, maybe because my focus usually last less 2 minutes, that's why I like to have 10s rest between 30s jumps, hehe.

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Fathin, that's OK. I'll let it go and save my money. I don't need a finish medal to prove anything. I'll just stick with the local skate marathon. I'm more interested in jumping non-stop for 30 min. That's my fitness goal for now.

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That's correct Fathin. I've re-learned about marathon skating and I'll be ready for the next one. My original thinking was that because of the cost, this was basically it. But I'm getting such endorphine high that I'm re-thinking about the whole thing. Sure, it costs a lot of money, but if this is my passion, then I just have to work longer to pay for it. If this will motivate me to exercise, then perhaps it's all worth it. And when I looked at it from this angle, then the decision I made about 2:00 wasn't wrong at all. I've always wanted to skate the marathon under 2:00. That is because the Kenyan and the Ethiopian world class runners could run just above 2:00. I've never wanted to just finish the race. I want to do better than the runners. It's scary that I'm on skates and they're faster in their running shoes. They still kicked my butt. LOL

I was just afraid that the next year, it would rain at this event. Now I've decided that no matter. If it rains, I'll skate for 2:30. If it's dry, I want to see 1:5X. I want to see that '1'.

I'll use jumping rope as my cardio. I like DebJune's post and I may borrow her method. I never like to count, but I thought that using time based, one could cheat by long resting periods. With the marathon experience, I'm opening up to new idea. I think non-stop jumping sounds like a good solution. It's more like the marathon where I couldn't stop at any point. I had to keep going. So it's the most appropriate training for the marathon. Perhaps, I'll start jumping non-stop at 10 minutes and work up from there. Although, I don't like any exercise program that last more than 30 minutes. That's my conclusion after a minimum of one thousand hours of group class exercises that I've done. I may have approached two thousands classes in my lifetime. My philosophy now is that it should be 30 minutes max to keep it short and simple.

Anyway, my goal would be to build up to 30 minutes of non-stop jumping. I'll start my training as soon as the soreness goes away in the next few days. If I could jump non-stop for 1/2 hrs, I'd be happy. Ideally if I could jump for an hour, that would be perfect for a 2 hr marathon. But I'll worry about that when I get to 1/2 hr first.

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SKATER787, the bright side is, you had lesson learned from the experience for future race :D You still able to get through with all those mishaps, if it's me, I'll probably give up before I even started as I can be quite emotional when things don't go smoothly for a big day, haha. Anyhow, are you planning to join another similar race next time? You can try redo and see different result, maybe get ahead of your original goal!

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Fathin, once again, your perception is ahead of me. Now I can see that I wasn't disappointed at the time because I was on endorphine high. Now that it's beginning to wear off, I'm starting to question myself on my failure to get a finish medal. I had a lot of technical difficulties with this race. Starting with none of my MP3 players work including the new one I bought in emergency. The battery went dead before the race started and I had to put it away. My total amnesia about socks, blisters, pacing in a marathon. Then I thought that I packed the right heart rate transmitter for the trip. That would have been a big help with the pacing issue. I also forgot my helmet on the airplane and it was lost and had to buy a new one in emergency which didn't fit as well and became another annoyance mid way through the race. Just lots of problems and distractions that I didn't need. And of course, the whole episode with the physical therapists that you knew about. LOL

What's sad is when I looked back at my original goal in my prior post, I was talking about 2:30 pace. Hmm.

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DEBJUNE4, the jumping class sounds marvelous, wish I have something like to jump with a group of people. Jumping alone sometimes can be a bit lonely and feel less competition, haha.

SKATER787, wow, what a day you had on the race day! Sadly, you didn't finish the race but I'm impressed on how much you able to skate before the bus came, I think you did pretty well considering you didn't do too much training and had months of resting. And you got a good bus :D Congratulations on joining the race and wish you great rest days!

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In my prior post, I talked about breaking 2:00. That turns out to be a dumb idea for someone who has done zero training for the marathon. Finally, the big day arrived. I got there early and it took a long walk, although not anywhere as long as the day of picking up race number.

I mistakenly packed the non-working heart rate transmitter for this trip, thus, I had no heart rate monitor to help me monitor my pace. So with all the excitement of the race and my crazy idea of beating 2:00, I started off very fast. I was thinking that there is nothing to this. Well, at mile 5, I was out of gas. The last jumping rope I've done consistently was back in Feb/Mar. I had no cardio but I was pushing like I had a full tank of gas. I was so dead I asked myself, where is the bus? I couldn't go on anymore. But the bus didn't show. So I was forced to skate along. It was going to be a long day, I thought. I was skating from the heart. After awhile, I chanced upon a skater whose pace kept me out of trouble. I was following her and to my surprise I was slowly recovering from the exhaustion. But other problems developed. At half way (mile 13) I started to feel blisters on both feet. That's when I realized that I haven't skated the marathon for so long that I forgot to double sock as a way to prevent this type of problems. It's getting bad especially the right foot. The quads, the hams also started to complain and tighten up. Who signed up for this program and why? They asked. Surprisingly, the calves held up well. I was thinking that maybe it's the massaging and stretching I've been doing with my gadgets.

After the mid point, I passed a first aide station but didn't think fast enough to stop for a moleskin to help with my blisters. In hindsight, perhaps, that could have helped me.

I was nursing the blisters since I felt them and that meant I couldn't skate very fast even if the leg muscles cooperated which they don't. At mile 21 (34 km) 2:10 or so, I noticed a guy on the bike and several buses behind me. So I asked him if I was the last skater and he said yes and that I should take off my skates and get on the bus! SOB, I thought. I only had 5 miles to go. I could still skate and finish this if I had the time. When I pulled off the skates, the right calf went into a cramp (which happened every marathon for me), luckily the EMT personnel knew what to do. He raised the foot up and pressed toward me. It works. It stopped the cramp. I'll have to get a stretching band to do the same thing for my next race. I got on the bus and I was in good company. This bus alone was nearly full. The guy whom I sat next to said that he had done 8 of this marathon before and finished all of them except for this one.

On the way back to the hotel I felt nauseated and nearly threw up. I took a shower and fell asleep. The next day, the whole body ached. The good news is, there is no tender spot on the left achilles other than the general soreness. Also there is no extra soreness in the lower back which I spent a lot of time stretching and warming up before the race. So this method works.

EPILOGUE: I've just checked the official mid point time and it's 1:16. Had I conserved my energy in the beginning and had double sock, I'd be very close to making 2:30.


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Debjune, that sounds like one hell of a workout. Congrats. Good job.

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I am up to one hour of speed jumping non-stop. I mix up the footwork during that time. Speed ranges anywhere from 150-180 JPM (jumps per minute). I have my class jumping 35-40 minutes...total speed jumping some sessions, but some sessions I allow them to slow down for periods of time...that's always an option of course.

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Yup, it's better to have fun and injury-free than be too competitive and so reckless! You made me want to skate, too, I even have a pair that collecting dusts, not sure if still useable, maybe already collecting rusts, haha. Can't wait for your to tell the race!

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LOL. That's a good one with the ski mask. Luckily the event is in the afternoon, otherwise, I'd be pressed by now. I took your advice and tried on the skates and what I'd be wearing. I'm going to skip the knee pads as that would give me a little more freedom of movement. I would just take a carefree attitude and not taking risk that I could fall. I just have to be more careful. So what, if I come in a little slower, I just want to have fun.

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Good luck, SKATER787, hope you will beat the bus. But just in case, if you have to take the bus, take some ski mask to pretend as someone else, hehe. Make sure everything is in place, whatever you need for the big day and as sleep early, get stress free sleep as that's always the best preparation for any big event!

Today, Friday, did 4 minutes jumping rope, 2 sets of 150 jumps. Wanted to do more but #1, had to prepared for tonight's function (a goodbye to neighbours who will going for Hajj this year) and #2, don't want too much of good thing made my tummy feel worse!

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I picked up race number yesterday. It was a long walk on hard pavement. I'm resting today for my sore ankles and feet. They aren't too bad though, I hope. My 2 MP3 players that I brought along didn't work and my newly installed Win7 laptop couldn't recognize anything I plugged in the USB port including the new MP3 player that I had to buy. Luckily, there are already some music in the new unit. Hopefully, I'll like them as it would make skating a lot more enjoyable instead of a chore on a long distant skate.

With my new found knowledge, I hope to get back into jumping at the rate of 1K per day. I think that a combination of stretching and massaging with the gadgets I've discovered should enable me to jump everyday with no injury. And that's what I intend to start with.

But tomorrow is the big day. And I've just read that if you aren't skating at the pace to finish the course in 2:30 hours, the skater will be put on the bus to the finish line. Without any training, I was thinking 2:15 to 2:30. LOL. Now I know that is not a good goal as I might get put on the bus. So I will set my goal for 2:00. If I can break 2 hours that would be a miracle and the big wheels on the new skates would get all the credit. I'll find out half way through the course what my pace would be. If not 2 hours, then I should hope for NOT being put on the bus. Beating the bus so to speak. As that would be humiliating!

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Wednesday, total 10 minutes jumping from two different sessions (jumping rope interval with three different jumps and sandwich workout with jumping and upper body workout), got 1260x, yay!

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Tuesday, only 1 minute for warm up (120x)

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Monday, I did 1 minute jumping rope, both feet, 120x for warm up of afternoon strength workout. Then the after the strength workout, did interval jump rope between both feet (270x)and high-knee jumps (118x). I think I'm getting better with high-knee, it just that I'm terrible with jumping lightly with high-knee, haha.

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Thurs is the first day I can pick up race number. Unfortunately, it's going to be a long walk and I'm not a strong walker to begin with. So I'll rest up on Fri.

As of now, I'll refrain from doing any more exercise other than just walking around. Thanks for your concern.

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SKATER787, Wow, just one week from the big event! Wish you a very humongous good luck for your skating :D Based on what my friends did, they always have one or two days break from any kind of exercises, so, what's your plan for the final preparation? And can't wait for you to come back to jumping, yay!

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9/17/11 3:00 A

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Hard to believe but the skate marathon is one week away!!

Since I'm traveling and can't skate until the event day, yesterday, I did an exercise where I did a knee bend on one leg and hop to the other side and repeat the same motion. Sort of like skating without actually doing it. 1000 side to side hopping motion. Today the upper glutes and lower back are sore.

My estimate of the skating pace would be 2:30 hours and so far I had only 30 minutes in this new pair of skates. So wish me luck. I have no cardio training other than the jumping rope I did back in Feb/Mar. However, one of the biggest health/fitness accomplishment this year was when I built a stand-up desk to be used at work back in early July. So for over two months, I was standing up some of the time instead of sitting all day long. It just felt much better to be able to stand up. I could feel the differences.

The beauty of this whole thing is I will finally be free at last to get back to do jumping and other exercises I can hurt myself with. jk. I will no longer have to save myself for the skate marathon.

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9/17/11 12:17 A

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Friday, I did 7-min jumping rope, yay! Included high-knee jump (in 3 sets of 30s, did 95x) that I managed to do average 30x in 30s. Not bad, considering my so-less-graceful with jumping (I probably get lots of hits in youtube for the crazy looking girl jumping video, haha), kept tripping (ouch!) but I think I can do better for my Sunday's Interval Jumping Rope with Squat!

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9/14/11 7:29 P

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KMILLE65, that's great, you're closer to start jumping. I'm 5 ft 2", too, and also have problem finding ropes that suitable for my height. What I usually do, I find a rope that adjustable, usually the rope is about 9 foot long. So, we pull the end as much as we need to accomodate our height, some coiled inside the handles or had to be cut, it depends on the rope. Another option, I usually tie several knots near the handles to shorten the length.

Good luck finding your rope!

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9/14/11 6:13 P

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Well, I am getting closer. I finally bought an appropriate sports bra that should allow me to do more aerobic activity such as jumping rope. I do need to find a rope that is not too long and not too short. I am only 5'2" My husband has a great jump rope with bearings in it, however, he's 6'4". The one I bought for my dog is too short. I got that at the dollar store.

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9/14/11 3:42 A

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Tuesday night, I only did 3 minutes jumping but as I was trying to find my steps with high-knee jumping, I sweat so much from the effort, haha. Total jumping, 360x.

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9/13/11 2:31 A

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I wonder if I have send email notifcation to the team about this forum before I left for vacation, hmm.

Anyhow, as I'm just back from two weeks of no exercises, I plan to start small, 5 x 5-min weekly till I get at least 3 x 15-min weekly for jumping rope. I think all those delicious but unfortunately very-fast-fattening festive food make me feel heavier so might be a little bit while before getting back to those hundreds, a thousand and more jumps per day!

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8/28/11 12:26 A

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Hi Team!

I know this is very early but I'll on-off for next two weeks (mostly off the internet, haha) so I post the Monthly Challenge September earlier than usual.

This month, set your jumping goals - how many times per week, your workout minutes, how many jumps or maybe new jumping style every week, create your goals and tell the team in this forum your progress!

We have new members every weeks, WooHoo, so visit their pages, encourage or/and challenge them - more healthier jumpers, much more merrier!

Spark Your Day With Jumping!!!

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